Match preview: Bournemouth v Liverpool

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    Liverpool continued their unbeaten run against Sunderland, can they maintain it against Bournemouth?

    Liverpool travel to Dean Court to face Bournemouth on Sunday, hopeful of maintaining their unbeaten run and adding another three points to their total.

    The Reds are just one point off the top of the table, and with Chelsea & Manchester City up against each other this weekend they will be looking to capitalise on one or both rivals for top spot dropping points.

    Team news

    The Reds are set to be boosted by the return to the side of key duo Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip after they sat out the 2-0 League Cup victory over Leeds United as a precaution.

    Jurgen Klopp will not be able to call on Firmino’s compatriot Philippe Coutinho, however, as the Brazil international is set to spend the next five weeks on the sideline with an injured ankle following the 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

    Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana will both be hoping to return for the fixture following minor injuries that saw them miss the last couple of matches – as well as the 0-0 draw at Southampton last week in Lallana’s case.

    On-loan Jack Wilshere is set to return to the Cherries’ lineup after sitting out the loss against his parent club, while former Liverpool duo Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith could face their former team-mates.

    Recent form

    Liverpool’s last away day in the league was the aforementioned 0-0 stalemate at St Mary’s against Claude Puel’s Southampton. But Jurgen Klopp’s side came away 4-2 winners at Crystal Palace and 2-1 victors against Swansea City in the two trips prior to that draw. Klopp’s team have also won 2-1 and 4-3 away against Chelsea and Arsenal respectively in other away days so far this season. The other games away from Anfield have been a 1-1 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane and a disappointing 2-0 loss at Turf Moor against newly-promoted Burnley.

    Klopp will be keen for his side to continue their fine form, which has seen Liverpool unbeaten in seventeen games dating back to August, for the trip to Dean Court. The team have now kept three clean sheets in a row in all competitions, despite being criticised for being poor defensively.

    Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side come into the game sitting in twelfth place in the Premier League table after a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates against title-challenging Arsenal. They had looked dangerous and were sitting comfortable at 1-1 before two second half goals sealed the points for Arsene Wenger’s men.

    Bournemouth lost their last home game in the league against bottom side Sunderland. Goals from Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe consigned them to the defeat. But they drew 0-0 with Spurs in the previous home game and hammered Hull City 6-1 in the one prior to that.

    Betting advice

    As expected Liverpool are odds-on favourites to win this match, and there’s very little return in backing them on an outright.

    Where better money is to be found is the possibility of Bournemouth holding on through the first half before finally succumbing. The Cherries have conceded far more often in the second half than the first this season, and at odds of 7/2 a Draw/Liverpool bet would be our recommendation.

    Others will likely consider the matched betting options for the game. With a number of recent free bet bookie improvements, this approach is likely to be favourable for the game.

    For further referencing and information check out the LFC v Bournemouth head-to-head stats

    Prediction

    Both teams will be desperate for the three points here – Liverpool will want to keep pace with leaders Chelsea, while Bournemouth will be keen to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.

    Ultimately though the Reds have too much class about them, and whilst Bournemouth will no doubt put up a good fight that class should shine through.

    A 3-1 victory for Liverpool is our prediction for this match.

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